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World Resources Institute: 3 Issues to Watch at the COP24 Climate Summit

by  David Waskow, Joe Thwaites and Yamide Dagnet, courtesy of the World Resources Institute Next month’s UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland (COP24) is seen by many as the most important climate negotiation since 2015, when 196 countries created a vision for a zero-carbon future by adopting the landmark Paris Agreement. This year’s summit is the critical juncture for countries to agree on the rules…

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Trump, U.S. Energy Policy and the Warming Climate

Pres. Trump’s energy and climate policies will put the US further behind in the global drive to reduce emissions and isolate the country internationally, according to the World Resources Institute.

Global warming isn't fake news. Why do so many think it is?

The Paris Agreement and the Trump Effect

Easier said than done Last week, Taryn Fransen and Kelly Levin of the World Resources Institute published an informative analysis on the “Trump Effect” on the Paris Agreement, signed in Paris at COP21 in  December 2015. It was historic in many respects, not least of which was that it was the first time the whole world agreed on anything so…

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Emissions Impacts of Covert Tropical Deforestation Revealed

As cacao production in West Africa continues to decline during the current period of record-high demand for chocolate South American nations such as Peru have been rushing to expand the land under cacao cultivation to fill the gap. That, in turn, is accelerating the pace of deforestation and the degradation of other crucial ecosystems and the life-supporting services and products…

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OCN Sheds Light on Fast Start Climate Finance Commitments

An assessment of Japan’s commitments to UNFCCC Fast Start climate finance sheds light on international commitments and reporting shortcomings.

Scientists and organization from around the world warn that the door is quickly closely for the chance to avert a climate catastrophe

COP 18: Bridging the Gulf between Science and Reality

In theory the slew of recent climate studies should inspire the delegates that have assembled for the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18). In practice the 194 nations that are meeting in Doha, Qatar, are getting bogged down by the same old arguments. The consensus once again this year appears to be that nothing will be accomplished. The United Nations…

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Businesses are increasingly taking stock of water management and risk as a cornerstone of sustainability

The Business of Sustainable Water Management

U.S. corporations are increasingly looking to sustainable water management standards that exceed the statutes of the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The CWA was passed 40 years ago on October 18th, 1972, it establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into U.S. waters. Although the CWA has not met its original goal of eliminating pollutants, some businesses are nonetheless showing…

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